A Hello Kitty children’s dictionary left a mother in the U.K horrified after she stumbled across the definition for the word “necklace.”
Samantha Rawlins, 27, told the Mirror she thought the little pink dictionary would help her nine-year-old daughter with reading and spelling but was shocked when she spotted the gruesome definition.
The first definition for the word is “A piece of jewellery which a woman wears around her neck.” But the second definition takes an unexpected dark turn.
“In South Africa, a name for a tyre filled with petrol which is placed around a person’s neck and set on fire in order to kill that person.”
On Amazon, the dictionary was recommended for children 11-years-old and up.
“Hello Kitty is aimed at little girls with all the cute, cuddly animals and things. I didn’t think for a moment there would be anything like this in there,” the mother said. “I know technically the description for necklace is right, but detailing horrific ways to kill people really isn’t appropriate, especially not for little children.”
The Mirror reports that the book has been pulled by the publisher, Harper Collins.
“As soon as we realized there was inappropriate content, it was withdrawn for sale,” the company said in a statement.